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CancerMolecular BiologyCancer BiologyCancer Stem Cells

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

History and Overview of Metastasis

5 videos (Total 18 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Introduction to History and Overview of Metastasis48s
History and Overview of Metastasis4m
History of Metastasis Theory4m
Introduction to the Sequential Steps of Metastasis5m
1 practice exercise
History and Overview of Metastasis20m
1 hour to complete

Primary Tumor Growth and Neoangiogenesis

5 videos (Total 36 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Tumor formation: Uncontrolled cell division12m
The role of mutations in primary tumor formation and evolution11m
Neoangiogenesis: new blood vessel formation in cancer5m
The primary tumor microenvironment: what else affects primary tumor growth?6m
1 practice exercise
Primary Tumor Growth and Neoangiogenesis24m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

EMT / Invasion / Intravasation

4 videos (Total 18 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition, invasion, and intravision9m
Local Tumor Invasion4m
Intravasation2m
1 practice exercise
Invasion and Intravasation14m
1 hour to complete

Survival in the Circulation and Extravasation

6 videos (Total 31 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Glossary of Terms2m
The Circulation4m
How cancer cells survive while in circulation4m
Becoming a circulating tumor cell (CTC) and evading immune detection10m
Homing to a new site in the body and extravasation8m
1 practice exercise
Survival in the Circulation and Extravasation24m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Dormancy and Secondary Tumor Growth

6 videos (Total 31 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Metastatic homing5m
Evidence for cancer dormancy4m
Cancer dormancy defined8m
Properties of dormant cancer cells6m
Secondary outgrowth4m
1 practice exercise
Dormancy and Secondary Tumor Growth20m
1 hour to complete

Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Metastasis

4 videos (Total 27 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Distribution of Metastasis: Where do cancers spread?10m
Cancer Syndromes14m
Congratulations1m
1 practice exercise
Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Metastasis20m
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Top reviews from Understanding Cancer Metastasis

By RWJun 4th 2018

It is a beautifully designed course. it never gets boring. The best part is that you can learn at your own pace. Thank you all the instructors and Coursera for making the content available.

By MAJan 13th 2017

That's was Avery good experience on the course it's really beneficial and very helpful and I want to thank doctors that had taken apart in explaining cancer metastasis thanks very much

Instructors

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Kenneth J. Pienta, M.D.

The Donald S. Coffey Professor of Urology
The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute
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Jelani Zarif

Prostate Cancer Researcher
The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute
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Sarah Amend

Prostate Cancer Researcher
The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute
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Haley Axelrod

Prostate Cancer Researcher
The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute
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Kenneth Valkenburg

Prostate Cancer Researcher
The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute

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